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First Edition Cycling News for November 22, 2006

Date published:
November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Crake moved to Burwood Spinal Unit

    Article published:
    November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Injured Australian cyclist Paul Crake has been transferred from the Christchurch hospital, where he...

    Injured Australian cyclist Paul Crake has been transferred from the Christchurch hospital, where he underwent surgery mid-last week to help stabilise his spinal injuries, to the Spinal Unit of the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 29-year-old will remain at Burwood Hospital until he is cleared by doctors to return to Australia where he will commence an extensive rehabilitation program.

    Crake, a cycling medallist and stair climbing champion, suffered the injuries during November's Tour of Southland in New Zealand. The rider was one of five people blown from their bikes in gusty conditions during the final kilometres of the eighth stage. While the other riders escaped serious injury, Crake hit his back on a fence post leaving the Canberra based rider paralysed with minor fractures to the C1 and C2 cervical vertebrae, a fracture to the T5 thoracic vertebrae and dislocations from T5 down to T7.

    Crake's family are welcoming any messages from well wishes to be sent through to the hospital (see address below) or through Cycling Australia's website www.cycling.org.au.

    Paul Crake
    Patient Spinal Unit - Burwood Hospital
    Cnr Mairehau & Burwood Roads
    Burwood
    Christchurch 8083 New Zealand

  • Experienced Belgian selection for world cup #6 in Koksijde

    Article published:
    November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    By Brecht Decaluwé Belgian national coach Rudy De Bie announced the ten names for the sixth world...

    By Brecht Decaluwé

    Belgian national coach Rudy De Bie announced the ten names for the sixth world cup event, this Saturday in Koksijde. Experienced Belgian amateur champion David Willemsens (Vos Sportief), winner of Sunday's Leicestershire, grabbed his first selection of the season. Tim Van Nuffel (Stevens Racing Team) returned in the selection after being dropped for Pijnacker. These two riders take the places of Jan Verstraeten (SD Worx) and Jan Soetens (Jartazi - Promo Fashion), they're struggling to confirm there inspired performances of October. Rudy De Bie probably prefers these strong experienced riders for the sandy terrain in Koksijde.

    The selection: Sven Nys, Sven Vanthourenhout, Bart Aernouts, Erwin Vervecken, Bart Wellens, Klaas Vantornout, Kevin Pauwels, Davy Commeyne, Tim Van Nuffel and David Willemsens.

  • Oscar Pereiro: Wait and see

    Spanish Oscar Pereiro of the Caisse D'Espagne team
    Article published:
    November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Oscar Pereiro finished second in this summer's Tour de France after performing well throughout. He...

    The 2006 Tour de France winner is still to be determined. First placed Floyd Landis (Phonak) claimed the title in Paris, but a few days later, one of his doping tests came back positive for stage 17. While Landis is working to prove his doping positive was incorrect, second-place Tour finisher Oscar Pereiro must bide his time and let the judicial processes play out. Cyclingnews' Hernan Alvarez spoke with Pereiro by phone.

    Oscar Pereiro finished second in this summer's Tour de France after performing well throughout. He wore the yellow jersey at some crucial stages during the race's final week. Pereiro said months ago that he was already glad to earn a spot on the second step on the podium in Paris. However, fate may still surprise him with a win if Floyd Landis' positive doping test from stage 17 holds up. Pereiro would be the first Spanish rider to win the Tour de France after Miguel Indurain's sensational final victory in 1995.

    Oscar spoke from his home in the Northern Spanish region of Galicia where he is undertaking his pre-season preparation. This year's sudden world-wide fame did not compromise his character; he remains gentle and polite with everyone who asks him for an autograph, a picture, or an interview. The 2007 season looms close for Pereiro, who is now the virtual Tour winner. "We've start doing the first things, training, going to the gym, etc. I ride on my mountain bike two or three days a week," said Pereiro.

    To read the full interview, click here.

  • Skibby's book released

    Article published:
    November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Extracts from the autobiography of former Tour de France stage winner, Jesper Skibby, have been...

    Extracts from the autobiography of former Tour de France stage winner, Jesper Skibby, have been released to the press ahead of the book's official launch in Denmark today (Wednesday). As reported by Cyclingnews yesterday, Skibby had promised to lift the lid on his drug-usage during a 15-year professional career.

    In the book titled, Skibby: Understand Me Correctly, the Dane writes, "The effect was almost immediate. On the bicycle I had a huge reserve of strength and I felt stronger than ever."

    The book does not detail whether Skibby used performance-enhancing drugs during the major victories of his career, namely a stage in the 1989 Giro d'Italia, two stages from the 1991 Vuelta a España and a stage of the 1993 Tour de France.

    Skibby, who has now been retired from cycling for six years, did not name those who supplied him with the drugs but admitted to injecting himself.

  • Lance to return… to New York City Marathon

    Armstrong broke the three hour barrier
    Article published:
    November 22, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Just weeks after completing what he labeled "the hardest thing I've ever done," Lance Armstrong has...

    Just weeks after completing what he labeled "the hardest thing I've ever done," Lance Armstrong has confirmed he will return for another attempt at the New York City Marathon in 2007. The 35-year-old confirmed to news agency Reuters "I'm going back next year; I've decided I'm going back."

    Armstrong raised over US$600,000 for his foundation and cancer research during this year's event. "I'm still shaking it off. I'm still limping," said the seven times Tour de France winner.

    The American also cleared any cloud hanging over the Discovery Channel's recent signing of Ivan Basso. "We have a zero tolerance policy," explained Armstrong - who remains a minority shareholder in the team. "If someone either admits doping or is caught doping or prosecuted for doping then they're out."

    Basso was implicated in the Spanish Operación Puerto investigation but his files were shelved by the Italian cycling federation (FCI), clearing the way for the former-CSC rider to race and find a new team. Within a fortnight of the decision, Armstrong announced, "It's done," meaning Basso had signed for Discovery Channel.